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Recruiting Marches 1915-1916


Australian War Memorial Encyclopedia: Recruiting marches, 1915-1916

C.E.W. Bean, folder AWM38 3DRL/606/257/1. [The official historian’s notes on the ‘snowball’ marches of 1915-1916 and ‘freedom’ marches of 1918, taken from newspaper reports.]

R. Hugh Knyvett, “Over there” with the Australians (New York : Charles Scribner's Sons,1918) : 28-36. [Account of patriotic recruitments and origins of the marches.]

L.L. Robson, The first A.I.F. : a study of its recruitment, 1914-1918 (Melbourne, Vic. : Melbourne University Press, 1970) : 46-61. [Summary of early recruiting drives.]

Ernest Scott, Australia during the War : Official history of Australia in the war of 1914 – 1918, volume IX (Sydney, NSW : Angus & Robertson, 1938) : 315-319, 460. [Summary of the best known recruiting marches, names, dates, starting and terminal points, distance and numbers.]

Central West Boomerangs

Cheryl Mudford, The ‘Boomerang’ re-enactment march : celebrating the 83rd anniversary of a recruitment march in Central Western NSW, Parkes to Bathurst 1916-1999 (Dubbo, NSW : C.L. Mudford, 1999). [Parkes to Bathurst; includes nominal roll.]


John Meredith, The Coo-ee march : Gilgandra – Sydney, 1915 (Dubbo, NSW : Macquarie, 1981). [Includes photos, map, history and list of Coo-ee songs and poems, itinerary.]


Nat McCaughey, The Dungarees : an account of the recruitment march from Warwick to Brisbane by volunteers for the First World War and the re-enactment 1998 (Scarborough, Qld : Dungarees March Re-enactment Association, 2000). [Gives recruits from each town; short biographies; the Dungarees’ song.]


Les Hetherington, “The Kangaroos march : Wagga Wagga to Sydney, December 1915 - January 1916”, Journal of the Australian War Memorial  26 (April 1995) : 19-25. [Route taken; statistical analysis and examination of the behaviour of recruits and success of march.]

Cheryl Mongan & Richard Reid, We have not forgotten : Yass & district’s war 1914-1918 (Yass, NSW : Milltown Research and Publications, 1996) : 20-34. [Wagga Wagga to Sydney via Yass. Recruiting march poster.]

Sherry Morris & Harold Fife, The Kangaroo march : from Wagga Wagga to the Western Front (Wagga Wagga, NSW : S. Morris, c2006). [Gives recruits from each town; ties march to social history.]


Roy Cameron, The Kookaburra march through Mendooran & Dunedoo : for the occasion of the Kookaburra march re-enactment to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the original Kookaburra March, January – February 1916 (Coolah, NSW : Mendooran and Dundedoo Kookaburra March Re-enactment Committees, 1996). [Contains maps, detailed itinerary, names of recruits from each town; biographical details and alphabetical index of recruits’ names; honour rolls for Tooraweenah, Binnaway Merrygoen, Dunedoo, Mendooran and Tucklan.]

Cheryl Mudford & John Mudford, The Kookaburra re-enactment march 13-27th January, 1996 : celebrating the 80th anniversary of a recruitment march Tooraweenah to Bathurst NSW Australia 1916 (Gilgandra, NSW : Cheryl and John Mudford, c1996).


A fine body of men : Inverell remembers the Kurrajongs 1916 (Inverell, NSW : Inverell District Family History Group, 2010). [Inverell to Narrabri. Includes a nominal roll and short biographies of the marchers, with notes on other enlistees from the district.]

Men from Snowy River

W.C. Stegemann, “The chaps from Snowy River”, Sabretache : the journal of the Military Collectors Society of Australia 22.4, 1981 : 3-9. [Includes a nominal roll for the march as at Berridale.]

W.C. Stegemann, A Monaro mosaic : patterns of Monaro life : events and people (Barneyview, Qld : Linbarroo Press, 1985) : 45-61. [Local history; chapter ‘The Men from Snowy River’ includes numbers recruited, receptions; poetry and songs, criticism.]


David H. Dial, The march of the Wallabies, Walgett – Newcastle, 1st December 1915 – 8th January 1916 : the definitive history of the north west route march (Maitland, NSW : R.H. Kerrigan, 1990). [Contains colour recruitment posters, maps, itinerary, photographs. Nominal roll includes enlistment place, honours and deaths.]


Alan Clark, The Waratahs : South Coast recruiting march, 1915 (Nowra, NSW : the author, 1994). [Nowra to Sydney; nominal roll; biographical details.]